I think it is safe to say that GG is not an Obama fan of any sort. I would guess he's considering a 3rd party vote in 2012.
So that makes today's article somewhat more interesting.
And here is how the super-patriots of the American Right -- largely joined by their Democratic colleagues -- reacted to the speech given today by this foreign leader: with multiple standing ovations, including for ludicrous and absurd proclamations such as equating Hamas with Al Qaeda and claiming that Israel is "not a foreign occupier" in the West Bank
Glenn proceeds to wax wroth about how the Right would have eviscerated anyone who cheered a foreign leader who had just publicly disagreed with Bush. And how telling it is that the Democrats are, by and large, acting just like the Republicans.
In sum, the same faction that spent the last decade demanding fealty to the Commander-in-Chief in a Time of War upon pain of being accused of a lack of patriotism (or worse) now openly sides with a foreign leader over their own President. The U.S. Congress humiliates itself by expressing greater admiration for and loyalty to this foreign leader than their own country's. And because this is all about Israel, few will find this spectacle strange, or at least will be willing to say so.
So here's my question for Kossacks. Setting aside the whole I-P issue to the degree possible - does AIPAC have too much influence in our politics? That is, are legitimate US interests being subordinated to those of a foreign nation because of a uniquely powerful lobbying effort on behalf of that nation?
It seems to me that this is in fact the case. The name Jonathan Pollard comes to mind - this guy is a spy, plain and simple, who gave information not only to Israel but to his wife to aid her in her business and to South Africa as well. And yet US Representative plea for his release. Not just some random no-names: Barney Frank, Anthony Weiner, Edolphus Towns, and Bill Pascrell. I very very very much doubt whether someone who had spied on behalf of Canada or Britain or Japan would find US Representatives passing letters around the House asking for their freedom.
I may be accused of antisemitism because, after all, Israel is a Jewish nation. I protest that I would be equally concerned if a pro-British or pro-Chinese or pro-Mexican lobby wielded the same level of power that AIPAC appears to have.
Coming back to Glenn's article - this is just amazing treatment of a foreign leader who just publicly rebuked the President of the United States. I can understand the Republicans taking any opportunity to attack Obama - it is, after all, what they do. The complicity of Democrats in this betrayal is much harder to explain, and I think points to a lobby out of control.